Behavioral Health Education Program for American Indian and Alaska Native Providers

Introduction to Behavioral Health

11:00am - April 26, 2022 thru 12:00pm - June 7, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC
Registration Deadline: April 26, 2022
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You are invited to attend our Introduction to Behavioral Health series, designed specifically for behavioral health providers, mental health technicians, peer support specialists, and those working in primary care settings, schools, and social services serving tribal and urban Native communities.

All sessions are

12-1 ET . 11-12 CT . 10-11 MT . 9-10 PT . 8-9 AKT

Tuesday, April 26: Models for Understanding Behavioral Health Topics

  • Gain knowledge of various conceptual models on the causes of and response to AI/AN behavioral health problems

  • Expand understanding of health disparities experienced by AI/ANs

Tuesday, May 3: Role of Trauma and Culture in Native Behavioral Health

  • Increase understanding of historical trauma on health among AI/ANs

  • Increase understanding of personal trauma on health among AI/ANs

Tuesday, May 24: Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders: Prevalence and Description

  • Gain knowledge of major mental and behavioral health disorders among AI/ANs

  • Increase understanding of categorical and dimensional approaches to identifying mental disorders

  • Expand knowledge of several select topics pertaining to causes of and treatment for mental and behavioral disorders among AI/ANs

Tuesday, May 31: Prevention and Treatment Solutions for Improving Behavioral Health

  • Expand knowledge of culturally informed prevention approaches

  • Expand knowledge of culturally informed treatment practices and strategies

  • Increase clinical skills in working with diverse clients 

Tuesday, June 7: Reflection Upon Important Behavioral Health Topics/Q&A


Ken Winters, PhD, curriculum developer for this series, has been a consultant to the National American Indian Alaska Native Technology Transfer Centers for several years. He is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute (MN location). Previously he was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he founded and directed the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research. His primary research interest is adolescent health with a focus of substance abuse and co-existing mental and behavioral disorders.

Jacque Gray, PhD, of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, is a retired associate professor with the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She also serves as director of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI), lead for the Strong Heart Study Psychosocial Work Group, a longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders in American Indians, and consultant for the Native Center for Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa.

Ray Daw (Navajo) is a trainer and web designer for the Takini Institute on the historical trauma intervention model, and he formerly worked as the administrator of Behavioral Health at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Healthcare Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. During his tenure as Executive Director of Na’nizhoozhi Center, Inc. (NCI), he participated in research with the NIDA Clinical Trials Network through the University of New Mexico. NCI was recognized as a model and innovative program for AI/AN substance abuse treatment.

Kathy Tomlin, PhD, (Cheyenne River Sioux) has been in the addictions and mental health treatment and prevention field as a counselor, administrator, educator, and consultant since 1974. Her career has focused on the development of supervision and training practices to support the professional development of evidenced based practices. One of those best practices is the teaching, and supervision of Motivational Interviewing.